Online education refers to education training delivered primarily via the Internet to students at remote locations without any specific premises or location for learning. An online course may include a requirement wherein the students and teachers meet once or periodically in a physical setting for lectures, practical sessions in labs, or exams as long as the total time duration in a physical environment does not exceed 25 per cent of the total course duration. Whether you are someone who has just graduated from high school, or simply would like to continue your education while working on a full time job or are returning to college after a few years at the workplace, online education is the most ideal option. As technologies change, the workplace evolves and as there are no geographical barriers to online learning, students can find a variety of course materials from different sources on the web that may not be available where they live or work.
Customized learning to suit your convenience!
Online learning provides convenience, both in terms of time and geography. However, a student has to remain committed towards the learning program in order to complete the course on time and allocate specific hours during the course of learning. Many reputed universities and colleges provide the option of pursuing a Master degree through distance learning and these courses are well recognized across the globe.
Typically, the Master’s program comprises of monthly assignment submissions, periodic tests that can be taken at a certain period of time to suit your convenience and an exam or test to evaluate the students at the end of the year. This may vary from one university to another. The students are also expected to work on projects or take up internship in an organization before the degree is awarded to them to gain practical experience and a deeper insight into the area or domain of their choice. This is pretty similar to the full time programs run in colleges where students learn in the college premises. As a result, distance program learners are also conversant with the subject as much as any full time learner except that s/he is able to study while they work to earn a living. In fact, the students have the advantage of gaining work experience as well as learn thereby enhancing their knowledge levels, work related skills and it also provides better prospects for future growth and development of their career.
Online Learning Environment
The online learning environment encourages students to learn at their own pace. Every student has their distinctive approach to learning that works best for them. Online learning enables a student-centric approach that increases student interaction and allows different opinions, discussions and brainstorming sessions through discussion forums, chat rooms and various student-teacher forums. This mode of learning is conducive to open discussions without any inhibitions and the learning sessions are far more interactive as compared to one-way learning sessions in a traditional classroom. The online environment makes the instructors/faculty/ teachers more approachable. The course material is available at all times on the web that enables the student to read repeatedly and learn at his own pace till he understands the concept and subject. Additionally, in the current context, technology plays a vital role in all business operations and exposure to the internet and knowledge empowers the students to apply their technical skills in their daily work as well.